It was an emotional affair for Caron Butler and his former teammates in Dallas last night prior to the Mavericks’ victory over the LA Clippers. From the Star-Telegram: “I was very emotional,’ Butler said. ‘I didn’t think I was going to be as emotional. Having Mark Cuban, Rick Carlisle, the whole standing ovation, it was just … unbelievable. It was a great feleing. I almost cried. I had to put my head down a couple of times to try to gather myself.’ Butler hit three three-pointers in the first period and wound up scoring a season-high 23 points — on 7-of-18 shooting — and grabbing eight rebounds. And he almost became the hero. However, with a chance to put the Clippers up by one point, Butler missed a three-point field goal with 4.5 seconds left. The Mavs went on to win, 96-92.”